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I changed Millicent’s recipe a smidge feeling adding some orange liqueur would be perfect with the brandy and cranberries.  The original recipe called for 1 cup brandy only.  She also calls to ‘serve in a pretty dish’ but I had trouble imagining eating them solo.
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Keyword brandied cranberries, how to make brandied cranberries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 294 kcal
Author Toni Dash


Brandied Cranberries

  • 1 pound fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur I used Citronage (Grand Marnier is another option)


  • 1 small dining spoon Brandied Cranberries
  • 1 1/2-2 ounces bourbon
  • Bitter Lemon or Ginger ale
  • Orange slice garnish


Brandied Cranberries

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine cranberries and sugar in a shallow baking pan allowing a single layer only.  Bake for 1 hour.  NOTE: Check every 15 minutes for sticking.  During the last 30 minutes use a spatula to move cranberries around, mixing them with the melted sugar.  Any patches of melted sugar can burn or harden.

  3. Remove from oven and pour in brandy and orange liqueur.    Stir to completely combine as the mixture sizzles.
  4. Can be served at any temperature.  Store in a sealed glass container in the refrigerator.


  1. Place all ingredients in a small cocktail glass in the order listed using the Bitter Lemon or Ginger ale to fill glass to desirable level.  

  2. Make a quarter slice on the orange slice, twist and add to cocktail for flavor and garnish.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from: Home on the Range Cookbook (Millicent Kennedy, Richmond VA)

Note on The Millicent Cocktail: I made this at room temperature though if desired it could be over ice or the bourbon could be shaken with crushed ice and strained before being added to the cocktail glass.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 294
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 48mg1%
Carbohydrates 59g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 54g60%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 7.5mg9%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.